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4-H Volunteer and Shooting Sports Hall of Fame

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Eleven individuals were recognized for their volunteer service to the South Dakota 4-H at the South Dakota State Fair. Each of these individuals have devoted many years helping the 4-H youth of South Dakota. 

“In 4-H we focus on ‘inspiring youth to do’ through hands-on learning, community service, and leadership experiences. These volunteers have demonstrated the community impact that a lifestyle of ‘doing’ can achieve,” reflected Dr. Timothy Tanner, SDSU Extension State 4-H Program Director.

"The 4-H program relies on the investment of caring volunteers just like these eleven honorees and we sincerely appreciate their service.”

The South Dakota 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame was established to recognize and celebrate adult volunteers in South Dakota who have dedicated themselves to making contributions to the development of the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. 

a group of honorees posing for their awards
From left, Tim Tanner, State 4-H Program Director, Tanya Jacobson (accepting on behalf of the late James Wenzlaff), Joy Braun, Diana Jons and Evelyn Werkmeister.

The 2019 Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees included Mary Williams of Pennington County, Diana Jons of Gregory County, Evelyn Werkmeister of Douglas County, Joy Braun of Spink County and James Wenzlaff of Minnehaha County.

The South Dakota Shooting Sports Hall of Fame recognizes adults who have made significant contributions to the development of shooting sports programs across the state. 

a group of honorees posing for their awards
Back from left, Bruce Eldridge, Doug Kittelson, Mark Rowen, Mike Kraft, andvJohn Keimig, SDSU Extension Youth Safety Field Specialist. Front from left, Dean Balsinger and Dale Foiles.

The 2019 Shooting Sports Hall of Fame inductees include Doug Kittelson of Hamlin County, Dale Foiles of Brookings County, Dean Balsinger of Brookings County, Bruce Eldridge of Tripp County, Mark Rowen of Hughes, Stanley and Sully Counties and Mike Kraft of Marshall County. 

For more information about the 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame or the 4-H Shooting Sports Hall of Fame, visit the 4-H Hall of Fame page or the 4-H Shooting Sports Recognition page.